Rebecca Ryan

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Rebecca Ryan
Born (1991-04-27) 27 April 1991 (age 24)
Manchester, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present

Rebecca Ryan (born 27 April 1991) is an English actress. She attended St Monica's High School in Manchester.[1] Ryan is best known for playing the role of Debbie Gallagher in the Channel 4 drama series Shameless [2] from 2004 to 2009, Carly Hope in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale[2] in 2006, and as Vicki MacDonald in the BBC school drama Waterloo Road [2] from 2009 to 2011.

Career - stage[edit]

Ryan first followed her brother, Charlie Ryan, onto the stage at the age of six in a production of the Who's Tommy at Manchester Opera House.[3]

She made her stage debut in Scarborough by Fiona Evans at London's Royal Court Theatre in 2008.[3] She subsequently appeared in "Lost Monsters" at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool.[2]

In May 2014, Rebecca toured in the production of A Taste of Honey Derby Theatre.[3]

In February 2015 Ryan starred in the Derby Theatre's Solace of the Road playing the characters Holly and Solace.[4] The Derby Telegraph reviewer, Susie Brighouse, said of her performance: "Rebecca Ryan perfects the complex art of acting by a subtle change of tone to clarify what Solace is thinking, as well as deftly changing between the personalities of Holly and Solace throughout the play."[5] Alfred Hickling of The Guardian wrote: "It’s hard to think of an actor more capable of veering between the ages of 12 and 27 at any given moment [than Ryan.]"[6]

Career - television[edit]

She is most well known for her role as Debbie Gallagher in Shameless which she began playing at age eleven. Though she has had no formal training as an actor, she credits the time spent on the set of Shameless as a wonderful learning experience:

Just sitting there and watching them all used to be amazing — James McAvoy, Anne-Marie Duff, Maxine Peake, David Threlfall. It was just a masterclass for me, to sit there and watch all these incredible people. I learnt so much from them and made some great friends.[1]

Ryan has appeared in various television series, including State of Play, in which she played opposite her brother Charlie Ryan,[2] Holby City [2] and the CBBC show, Stupid!. In February 2006, she appeared in Emmerdale playing Bob Hope's daughter, Carly Hope.

She also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother 2009 as part of a task and in a May 2009 episode of Casualty. From 2009 to 2011, she appeared as pupil Vicki MacDonald in BBC drama series, Waterloo Road alongside Linzey Cocker, who plays Jess Fisher. In January 2010, she played the part of Ellie McCall in a special five-part storyline in BBC daytime soap Doctors.

In February 2011, Ryan appeared in Let's Dance for Comic Relief [7] with fellow Waterloo Road star, Philip Martin Brown, who plays the role of a teacher in the show. They danced to "It's Like That" by Run–D.M.C. and Jason Nevins. In May 2011, she played Maeve Summers in an episode of Casualty.

She has appeared as Grace in Monroe (2012), as Erin Doyle in an episode of DCI Banks(2014), and as Natalie Dixon in Doctors (Series 16, 2015). [8]

Career - film[edit]

In 2006, Ryan appeared in The Draft a short film directed by Gary Shore.[8]

Career - radio[edit]

In 2007, she played the title character in the award-winning radio play Abigail Adams.


  1. ^ a b "Big Interview Rebecca Ryan". The Bolton News. The Bolton News. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Rebecca Ryan". The Scotsman. The Scotsman. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Rebecca Ryan". The Guardian. The Guardian. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
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  5. ^ "Solace of the Road". The Derby Telegraph. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Solace of the Road Review". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Let's Dance for Comic Relief Cast". BBC One. BBC. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Rebecca Ryan United Agents". United Agents. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 

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